Billed as the "Cannes of Latin America," the First Annual Baja International Film Festival will be held in Los Cabos from November 14th-17th, 2012. The festival will be the second large event held in Los Cabos this year, following June's G-20 Conference of world leaders. Most of the approximately 70 films slated for the four day affair will be screened in the International Convention Center built for the G-20, with others scheduled for the Cultural Pavilion in Cabo San Lucas, and at select locations in San Jose del Cabo and Puerto Los Cabos. The focus for this year's festival will be on Mexican filmmakers and environmental issues. In addition to the screenings, the festival will also include panel discussions, cocktail receptions, concerts and other gala events. VIP and Festival Passes are on sale now, and tickets for individual screenings will go on sale one week before the event.
The Baja International Film Festival will bring red carpets and Hollywood glamor to Los Cabos. — Photo courtesy of Baja International Film Festival
It is hoped by festival organizers that the BIFF will become a destination event on the order the Berlin, Toronto, Sundance and Cannes film festivals. Organizers include Vail Film Festival co-founders Sean and Scott Cross, as well as highly respected Los Cabos businessmen and members of the Mexican tourism industry. Although the slate of films for the festival has not yet been announced, the festival's Advisory Board includes prominent members of the U.S. and Mexican movie industries, including two time Academy Award nominated actor Edward Norton. Several local luxury hotels and tourist-oriented businesses have partnered with the festival to accommodate guests during the duration of the event.